04/22/2020

Life is a Choice — Weekly Thoughts to Share

Life is a Choice — Here is a selction of 5 minute activities where students copy the advice and compose two to three sentences why they agree or disagree (just pick a thought for the day). 1. No is a complicated word. “No” can mean “No”. Sometimes “No” means “Not yet”. Sometimes “No” means “Too soon”. Sometimes “No” means “Keep trying and / or Maybe Yes”. No is a complicated word. 2. People can’t control what they get in life […]
04/08/2020

Q/A: You Should Act Happy Even When You Are Not

I like to begin class with a Q/A.   A Q/A is a question or an idea to be explored. Here is an example: Q/A: You Should Act Happy Even When You Don’t Feel Like It? Have student write a short paragraph where they agree or disagree with the idea. Yes, I think I should act happy even when I don’t feel like it because….. No, I don’t think I should act happy when I don’t feel like it because…… […]
02/18/2020

Q/A: If You Care About Your Virtue ,………….

I like to begin class with a Q/A.   A Q/A is a question or an idea to be explored. Here is an example: Q/A:  If you care about your virtue, there are places you shouldn’t go, there are situations you shouldn’t put yourself into and there are people you shouldn’t be alone with or seen with.    True or False      Explain your reasoning. TEACHER NOTE: You know your students.  I’m thinking this is a high school health […]
04/06/2019

Q/A: What Really Matters in Life

I like to begin class with a Q/A.   A Q/A is a question or an idea to be explored. Here is an example: Q/A:  What do you really enjoy in life and what gives it meaning? Write 5 examples. In short, what really matters (and what doesn’t matter).   Write the student examples on the board.  Compare them with the thoughts (below) of children who were nearing the end of the time on earth.   Teacher Note Dr Alastair […]
01/30/2019

Are You Generous? Q/A

TRUE GENEROSITY I like to begin class with a Q/A.   A Q/A is a question or an idea to be explored. Here is an example: Q/A   Are you a generous person?  I consider myself a generous person because…… I am not a generous person because……. TEACHER HINT:  a generous person is someone who is other oriented.  In other words, when a generous person sees someone in need, they see an opportunity to express a generosity of spirit.  Generosity […]
01/16/2019

Q/A: To Tattoo or Not To Tattoo

I like to begin class with a Q/A.   A Q/A is a question or an idea to be explored. Here is an example: Q/A:  To Tattoo or Not To Tattoo, that is the question.  Is anyone thinking/dreaming about their future tattoo? Has anyone decided absolutely I will NEVER get a tattoo?  How about I will absolutely maybe get a tattoo?   What would be the #1 reason not to get a tattoo / permanent marking?  Write the reasons on […]
10/16/2018

The Definition of a Gentleman– an activity for our students

This would be an interesting survey to give your high school boys.  There is also a girl version. The information comes from an article in the Gentleman’s Journal entitled 20 Things that Make a Man a Gentleman ( https://www.thegentlemansjournal.com/20-things-make-man-gentleman/)  It has a lot to do with manners, consideration of others and presentation.  It may lead to an interesting discussion.  I don’t think our students see men like this on TV, videos or in the movies.  Are You a Gentleman A Simple […]
09/27/2018

Cursive is Back—- A Public Service Announcement

I remember when it was decided by the WIZARDS OF SMART, that kids didn’t need to learn to write in cursive.  It was a waste of class time for students and teachers.  Cursive writing was passé, old fashioned, behind the times old school.  Computers are new, modern and cool. Last but not least, common core education standards that guide many states’ curriculum policies don’t emphasize it.  TEACHERS:  But, But, But,…kids need to learn to write cursive because: Your signature is in […]
09/13/2018

You Have One Life — An Activity to Grab Your Student’s Attention

  This is an activity that can be used before or after a Goals or Good Intentions or a Decision Making Unit. It is a visual of what has been/will be talked about and worked on. We have hopes and dreams for our future. We also have this one life to enjoy. We live in a time where there is opportunity to accomplish almost anything we want if we use our time and abilities wisely. This is where decision making […]

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